Boeing Labor Dipute Makes New Plant a Political Football

New York Times, Friday, July 2, 2011, p.1

by Steven Greenhouse, North Charleston, S.C.

Mr. Greenhouse reported on the dispute between Washington State, South Carolina, Boeing, and the National Labor Relations Board. “Boeing’s gigantic new $750 million airplane factory (for 787 Dreamliners) is the pride of South Carolina…That is unless the federal government takes it all away…

…the National Labor Relations Board has accused Boeing of illegally setting up shop in South Carolina because of past strikes by the unionized workers at its main manufacturing base in the Seattle area. The Board is asking a judge to order Boeing to move the production–and the associated jobs–to Washington State.”

This has become a political football “between North and South, Democrats and Republicans, union and nonunion workers, and fans and foes of Big Government.” The case may take years to decide.

Footballs as well as disputes get tossed back and forth;  who will win?



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